A Focus for Dreams...
Shortly after discovering the Integrated Environmental Planning Program, the wheels in my brain started turning. I started getting all these ideas on how this might be the perfect stepping stone to obtain my dream.
While there are tons different avenues you can take with IEP, I slowly started to find where my passions fit in. There are lots of different jobs for ecosystem restoration and ecosystem surveying - as well as all of the different management practices.
There are new important jobs every day within the environment field. So many in fact, that as long as there is a need for your passion you can probably find a way to live your dream while still making money to support yourself and making the world a better place.
A Love of Animals...
Growing up I’ve always had a love for animals and animal husbandry. When I was around 11, my parents got me my first chickens. I loved those fluffy little chicks so much that I could tell them all apart. That may not sound very impressive, but being that they were all the same Standard Brown egg laying breed, they were all almost identical to the untrained eye. They looked so similar that even my brother to this day doesn’t believe me when I say that I could tell them apart.
Slowly after getting our first chickens, we ended up getting some different breeds of chickens. I slowly developed a intense interest in mix breeding different strains of chickens. It always excited me to see what colors the chicks would be, and to watch the mothers raise their little babies. However, as much as I loved my chickens, they were just the beginning.
Shortly after getting chickens my parents finally decide to get me a horse (since I’ve been begging for one literally since I was in diapers). After getting a horse we eventually got pigs, cows, turkeys, and ducks.
Personally, I was always more interested in raising, caring for and loving the animals, then I was actually interested in eating the meat and eggs. As a kid, I would’ve been fine with eating store-bought beef and eggs, but my parents and my brother loved having them so it worked out perfectly.
Since then, we have sadly downsized our farm. We currently only have two cows and a handful of chickens. But, it is still my passion to work with animals in some way, shape or form. This is always been very difficult for me because it usually does not make economic sense to invest all your time and energy into working with animals or working in the agricultural business.
I am currently still unsure of what exactly I want to do for the rest of my life. But, after spending two years learning about the amazing things that my instructors have accomplished, I will be leaving this program with no doubt that as long as I work hard and stay true to my passions, I can accomplish everything that I dream.